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Amakali wildlife conservation observation monitoring tracking

Our story

We are Freya and Max, two passionate conservation biologists dedicated to ensuring the survival of magnificent landscapes, fauna and flora before human population growth, climate change and the transformation of land use erases the last wild places.


We are driven by our passion for the natural world and its protection, and working as a team we have proven to trust, respect and complement each other.  Freya comes from the Canary Islands and grew up between mountains and the ocean. She has always been eager to visit new natural places around the world and soon learned how important education and local cooperation are in successful conservation practices. Max is from Germany but started focusing on the African continent as soon as he left school. He specialised in protected area management and the conservation of large mammals and got to know first hand versatile coordination of field operations and the active protection of rhinos and other endangered species.

In addition to our international studies, we have gained knowledge on the management of natural resources, wildlife conservation, field operations, ecosystem restoration and ecological research from different perspectives acquired while working on different projects across the globe. These include private wildlife reserves, NGOs, local communities, national parks and scientific and governmental institutions, often combined with ecotourism, agriculture, forestry, marketing and infrastructure planning. It has helped us understand conservation management on a landscape level, which we perceive as a multidisciplinary approach including finance, law, logistics, communication, education and the cooperation with local communities and international partners to make meaningful impacts.


Our expertise ranges from species and ecosystem monitoring, protected area and reserve management, scientific research and fieldwork, restoration and rewilding projects, environmental assessment and consultation, geospatial solutions, GIS and data management, anti-poaching, wildlife security and law enforcement to field guiding, community outreach and training and mentoring rangers and students.

Let us know if you need our expertise or check out our services to learn more about how we can work together.

The faces behind Amakali

Freya Santana Cubas

M.Sc. International Nature Conservation

M.Sc. Biology

B.Sc. Biology

Maximilian Sterk

M.Sc. International Nature Conservation

B.Sc. Environmental Bioscience


The name 'Amakali’ pays attribute to our beloved friend and mentor Christopher Amakali who sadly passed away in 2018.  He had a great passion and love for nature conservation and dedicated his life to the protection of Africa's wildlife. Since he always dreamed of ‘getting something done’, we promised to continue his legacy.

Our logo

Our logo represents the mountain aloe (Aloe marlothii), which is a succulent plant of Southern Africa's rocky places and open flat country.  It shares these landscapes with many of our favourite animals, while it is known for its robustness and strength and used for a number of remedies by indigenous African cultures.


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